IT HURTS WHEN I TALK
The artist Left at London aked us to make a poster for her tour, titled “It Hurts When I Talk”. We wanted to experiment with design as a value-added process, using public-domain images in a way that elevated free resources to something very valuable. The end result feels like a strange mixture of beauty and intensity, which felt right for the artist. Looking closer, there are charming moments of discovery finding all the hidden bugs among the flowers.
We made this self-initiated fan poster for the Oakland punk band Pardoner because we couldn’t make it to the show and felt jealous. We wanted something that felt a little like a Nashville Johnny Cash poster. Typefaces used are Helvetica (badly stretched), Brush Script, and the amazing Elfreth by James Hultquist-Todd.
HEARTS & CRAFTS VALENTINES
“Hearts & Crafts” was an arts and crafts show held at the Firehouse Art Collective in Oakland, CA. We were asked to contribute to the event, and so we made a poster that could be cut up into little valentines, each with a different candy heart on them. We wrote strange and gross phrases that we thought were funny on the candy hearts, and people seemed to have a lot of fun digging through them and finding their favorites. We intentionally blurred and distressed the text to feel a little more like a cheap window graphic that had faded in a couple of years of sunlight. The “To” and “From” text on the back was made with a simple rubber stamp.
These are invitations that SIT designed for a wedding in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and based on traditional textile patterns by the Otomi people native to the region. The vectors were graciously made available by Rafael Saldaña De la Cruz. The rainbow of colors in the final results are rendered with only three printed colors using a Risograph printer.